The controversy and confusion over the disposal of the body of Brigette Gangadin looks likely to end today as the families of the dead woman, and her husband Dwarka Gangadin met with their lawyers, Bernard De Santos and Basil Williams respectively, late yesterday afternoon and determined the way forward.
At the end of the meeting the families decided that they would follow the initial court order issued by Justice Rishi Persaud and cremate her body.
The woman’s relatives have also agreed to allow one of Dwarka Gangadin’s relatives to dress the body, in the presence of the woman’s relatives.
The body is to be taken to her mother’s residence for a one-hour viewing, after which it will be taken to her husband’s residence at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, for further viewing.
At the husband’s home, there is to be a Hindu ritual, after which the body would be taken to the Good Hope foreshore for cremation.
However, the family will now have to first seek permission from the Department of Public Health for a permit for the cremation which is scheduled for 13:00 hours today.
After a lengthy meeting at the office of senior counsel Bernard De Santos, both De Santos and Williams shared the view that there will be no more confusion over the woman’s remains as the families seem to have reached a mutual agreement.
Brigette Gangadin’s mutilated body was discovered lying outside the Vigilance Police Station.
Her husband who was arrested by police about an hour after the discovery had claimed that she had fallen from the cabin of his Canter truck and had her head crushed by the rear wheel.
Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh had given the cause of her death as a crushed skull (as a result of being run over by the truck wheel).
But the woman’s relatives were convinced that she was murdered by her husband and sought the services of a foreign pathologist for a second opinion.
The pathologist, Professor Hubert Daisley, found that there was evidence that Bridgette Gangadin was strangled.
The confusion over the disposal of the woman’s body commenced last Saturday when as the woman’s relatives were about to cremate her, Dwarka Gangadin turned up at the cremation site with a court order to halt proceedings.
This was to facilitate a third autopsy on the woman’s body.
However, Senior Counsel De Santos advised against such a move.
On Monday relatives were preparing to cremate the body when officials from the Public Health Department halted proceedings.
Again yesterday as relatives were making preparations to send the woman’s body off, the police swooped down on the Jerrick’s Funeral Home at Paradise, East Coast Demerara and seized the body, claiming that they were instructed to do so to facilitate another post mortem examination.
There appeared to be some confusion since questions arose as to who ordered the third post mortem.
A senior police official indicated that the instructions to seize the body yesterday came from the hierarchy of the Guyana Police Force.
However, according to attorney-at-law Basil Williams, Police Commissioner Henry Greene indicated that no such instructions were given.
Yesterday, at the Jerrick’s Funeral Parlour, an empty casket bearing the woman’s name stood out as evidence of the confusion surrounding the disposal of her body.
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